Quick Glossy Button

Your in a hurry and need a glossy button for your website. Follow the steps of this tutorial and in less than 2 minutes, you will have something like this….

Step 1

Create a new document. I made mine 300px x 300px just because that gives me
plenty of space to work with and the button will be a good size once it is complete.

Step 2

Choose the shape tool. Depending on the type of button, choose the shape that
you need. I’m choosing “Rounded Rectangler Tool“.

Step 3

Next, if you are using the “Rounded Rectangler Tool“,
you will need to set the radius of the edges. The higher the radius, the more
round the edges. (but you knew that already)

Step 4

Draw your shape in the area provided by Photoshop. Depending on what you need,
make it as wide and deep as needed.

Step 5

Make a new layer above the shape you just created. Click on the “Create
New Layer
” icon located at the bottom of the layers palette.

Step 6

Hold down the CTRL (win) / COMMAND (mac) and
click on the layer containing the shape in the layers palette. You will know
that you are doing this correctly when the cursour changes from an “Arrow
to a “Finger with a Square” beside it. When you see
that, click the layer and this will load the shape as a “Selection“.

Step 7

Make sure that you are on the new layer that you created earlier and fill with
the colour of your choice. To fill use the shortcut ALT+BACKSPACE
(win) / OPTION+DELETE (mac). This will fill the selection with
whatever colour you picked for the foreground colour.

Step 8

With your selection still loaded, choose, SELECT > MODIFY > CONTRACT.
A dialog box will pop up asking you to to contract by how ever many pixels you
need. Contracting will create the boarder of the button. Type the number of
pixels and press ok.

Step 9

Almost there. The selection is contracted, all to do now is create the glossy look. Choose your gradient tool and select the “Transparency Gradient“. It will default to whatever colour you have selected as your foreground. In the “Gradient Editor” window click on the bottom right square. You will see the option come up for “Colour“. Click inside there and the “Colour Picker” window is now open. Choose your colour and click ok. Click Ok once more and now your back to the selection.

First we’ll do the top of the button.
I like to start my gradient outside of the selection so that gradient doesn’t
look to harsh. Click where you want to start and drag the line down. Don’t go
all the way through your selection, only about the top quarter. It should look
something like this…

Now do exactly the same to the bottom of the selection.

Step 10

Use CTRL+D (win) / COMMAND+D (mac) to deselect
the area. Your all done. Add text, dropshadows, whatever you need to this simple
button.

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